Stotland comes to Arizona from Fresno State, where he compiled a 93-55 record in six seasons. He was named the Mountain West Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in 2014 after he led Fresno State to a conference title.
The Bulldogs were 12-14 in 2018, but won the Mountain West Championships to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament where they fell to UCLA.
Before Stotland was the head coach at Fresno State, he was an assistant at Arizona for four seasons.
During that stint, he coached five nationally ranked singles players, four nationally ranked doubles teams, posted a 55-37 overall record and made two NCAA Tournament appearances.
“We are very excited to welcome Ryan back to Tucson to lead our women’s tennis program at the University of Arizona,” UA athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement.
“Ryan proved he was a tremendous coach as an assistant coach at Arizona and built a championship-caliber program at Fresno State as a head coach. We believe in his vision, experience and leadership to guide our program to excellence on the court and in the classroom.”
Stotland is replacing Vicky Maes, who had been UA’s head coach for 17 seasons. Arizona and Maes parted ways in May after the Wildcats went 9-16 in 2018, including an 0-10 mark in the Pac-12.
Maes, a UA alumna, is also considered the best player in program history, so Heeke said the decision to make a coaching change was “very difficult” but mentioned there was “tremendous national interest” in the position.
“I think for everyone we thought it was a good time just to step back and just say, ‘hey, maybe it’s time to go in a different direction’,” Heeke said. “And so we’re looking forward to the future.”
Stotland was student-athlete at New Mexico, where “he went from being a walk-on to the No. 1 player on the team. He won two conference championships and is the highest ranked player in UNM history at No. 2 in the NCAA in doubles” per his school-produced bio.
After graduating, Stotland played professionally on the ATP tour from 2005-07.
Eventually, he landed on Maes’ staff at Arizona. She referred to him as a “natural.”
“He’s relaxed and funny and relates to the girls really well,” Maes said at the time. “College coaching was a great shift from playing for him. He was an excellent role model as a player — demanding the best from himself and his team. He does the same here. I know he loves being a part of the great tradition at The University of Arizona, and we are happy to have him.”